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Frank Thomas Velocita leather 10 58.82%
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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Leather vs. Textile

I want some opinions on which one you guys prefer and why. I have a Tourmaster mesh right now and it's comfortable, but I want a little more protection. I am looking at either the Frank Thomas Velocita leather jacket or the Frank Thomas XTi textile jacket. Tell me things like cold weather wear, warm weather wear (I know leather is going to be hot in the summer), comfort, durability, personal experience with either one, etc. I am going to be buying one or the other at the end of the month. I have been told that leather is not just uncomfortable, but flat out miserable in the summer. I will be wearing this jacket in the winter too, so I don't want to freeze either. It's not a price thing...... There is only around a $50 price difference between the two. I know a lot of guys that wear leather and would wear nothing else, then again, I know guys that feel the same about textile. Let's see what'cha got.
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You really want more then 1 jacket one for really hot weather thats textile or mesh, and a leather one for colder weather and maybe a leather perforated jacket
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if they are about the same price get the one that you are most comfortable in AND breathes better for the summer....if it's a perforated leather you will be wise to go for one w/a full liner so your arms don't freeze in the winter

I personally have a mesh jacket that works well for me b/c it breaths in the summer and the full liner keeps the wind out & heat in in the winter...I do want to step up to a leather jacket down the road, but can't justify buying a pricey jacket when the JR I have now is in great condition :thumbL
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You really want more then 1 jacket one for really hot weather thats textile or mesh, and a leather one for colder weather and maybe a leather perforated jacket
The one thing that I noticed is that the leather doesn't really have much liner in the sleeve area. Is that really a concern as far as cold on your arms? The difference between the XTi leather and Velocita leather is 1) styling and 2) the XTi leather is perforated in the inside sleeve area. That's why I chose the Velocita for my leather choice. The perforated sleeves would be COLD! The XTi textile is solid (no perforations), but has a rain liner and full-sleeve winter liner. Forgive my ignorance, but I've never owned textile or leather.
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if they are about the same price get the one that you are most comfortable in AND breathes better for the summer....if it's a perforated leather you will be wise to go for one w/a full liner so your arms don't freeze in the winter

I personally have a mesh jacket that works well for me b/c it breaths in the summer and the full liner keeps the wind out & heat in in the winter...I do want to step up to a leather jacket down the road, but can't justify buying a pricey jacket when the JR I have now is in great condition :thumbL
The Frank Thomas Velocita leather is $249. It's heavy leather too, not this really thin cheap .
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The one thing that I noticed is that the leather doesn't really have much liner in the sleeve area. Is that really a concern as far as cold on your arms? The difference between the XTi leather and Velocita leather is 1) styling and 2) the XTi leather is perforated in the inside sleeve area. That's why I chose the Velocita for my leather choice. The perforated sleeves would be COLD! The XTi textile is solid (no perforations), but has a rain liner and full-sleeve winter liner. Forgive my ignorance, but I've never owned textile or leather.
I have heard 2 people recently complain that their perforated leather jacket doesn't have a full liner so their arms freeze....if the leather is similar in price to the textile I would get the leather...b/c I did have a textile and yes it will keep you warm in the winter but you will be dying in a jacket that doesn't breath at all in a Texas summer.

You can always just wear layers under the leather jacket to keep them arms warm
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Okay....... After all of that, I bought an Icon Motorhead leather. I've had it for a few days and I LOVE IT! It's actually really warm so far in cold weather with the full sleeve liner and with all the vents open, it doesn't seem too bad yet when it's a little warmer. Thanks to everyone that posted up opinions.
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I use both leather and textile. Wear a textile in the summer and leather when needed. By both and have one for cold and hot weather
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Reason why I ask this: Frank Thomas?

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Reason why I ask this: Frank Thomas?

If you have the cash try to go for something better.
I got the Icon Motorhead leather instead. It's a much heavier jacket and had more features. I was buying the Frank Thomas because it was cheap ($249), but the Motorhead has thicker leather and a full sleeve liner, plus, I can't get over that euro thing with the zipper being backwards!
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i went down at about 80 mph in textile and not a scratch on me...i like them beter becuase there cool in the summer and have a thick liner for the winter...
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i went down at about 80 mph in textile and not a scratch on me...i like them beter becuase there cool in the summer and have a thick liner for the winter...

What brand was the jacket you went down in?
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I have 4 different jackets so i really cant choose one over the other just depends on what kind of riding is gonna be done, As far as protection i would deff say leather, if textile jackets were so great why dont gp riders wear them? I have Frank Thomas and Alpinestars setups and I like the FT gear better its still new so its not as comfortable yet but the leather is thicker and kangaroo not cow, NOT 100% but I heard during a crash kangaroo doesnt heat up hot like cowhide and holds up better
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I use both leather and textile. Wear a textile in the summer and leather when needed. By both and have one for cold and hot weather
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I have a perf leather jacket and its just as cool to wear as my textile, except when I stop in traffic or a stop light. Also my textile is just as hot when im not moving.
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I'm actually reconsidering the leather after this morning. I was getting a LOT of cold air coming through it! Also, there is something about the cuff on this particular jacket that hits my hands just the wrong way and rubs on the nerve on the top of my thumbs. It ends up hurting pretty bad after a 45 minute ride. I think I'm going to ride out to Cycle Gear during lunch and check out some others just to make sure. As far as Frank Thomas......... I'm really undecided. It didn't FEEL as heavy duty as the Icon. ....I just don't know!
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I'll tell you what babe.......... I'll wear it for you if you wear the jacket that you sent me a pic of for me!
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I have a Joe Rocket textile. Went down today at about 20mph concrete ate through like it wasn't there, so just imagine how much worse it would have been if I was going faster? So I would realy recommend leather.it might be worth being alittle hotter.
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